David Kenner – Saudi Arabia

David Kenner – Saudi Arabia


David Kenner is exploring the economic changes underway in Saudi Arabia. He is focusing on how the new generation of Saudis is adapting to that change, and its members’ hopes for the years ahead. David has reported widely from across the Middle East for more than a decade. He was Foreign Policy‘s Middle East editor from 2013 until 2018, when he guided the magazine’s regional coverage while based in Egypt and Lebanon. A lifelong student of Arabic, David is a graduate of Georgetown University, and also attended the American University of Beirut. He is particularly interested in how American values and interests intersect with Middle Eastern politics.


Dispatches from David Kenner


  • Saudi Arabia’s coffee craze

    Saudi Arabia’s coffee craze

    • David Kenner
    • January 29, 2021
    Cafés are at the forefront of social change in the kingdom, but entrepreneurs still face big obstacles.
  • Beirut’s social fabric is tearing apart

    Beirut’s social fabric is tearing apart

    • David Kenner
    • October 29, 2020
    Nearly three months after the port explosion, the fallout in one destroyed neighborhood reflects a country in collapse.
  • Saudi Arabia’s imagined worlds

    Saudi Arabia’s imagined worlds

    • David Kenner
    • September 21, 2020
    Fiction has enabled authors to advance daring critiques of the kingdom’s social and political order.